heath bar cookies

Keith: Hunk, I got you something.

Hunk: Aw, really? Babe! Wait, I don’t have anything for you-

Keith: It’s no big deal. It’s kind of… I don’t know, I thought it was funny, maybe it isn’t- Anyway, here.

Keith: (hands over a heath bar cookie)

Hunk: Hey, I love heath bars! But what’s the special occasion? 

Keith: Um. Well, I saw the cookies in the window and they kind of, y’know. Reminded me of… us.

Hunk: … We’re heath bar cookies?

Keith: I know it’s weird but, you know I’m not great at this romance stuff, I just wanted to- If you don’t want the cookie, I can-

Hunk: (smiling) I love heath bar cookies.

I got tagged by @sublimistika to answer some general survey shizz regarding my favorite things (I got tagged in another one of these too so that one will be coming up soon):

Cookie: This is hard. It really depends on my mood. The best cookies I’ve ever had before is a toss-up between the Heath bar cookies Jared brought home once (because he’s evil), and these vegan cookies I used to get on campus as an undergrad from a company called ABC (Alternative Baking Company). I can’t find those cookies anymore but they were delicious.
Artist: Visual? Musical? Theatrical? I have a lot of favorite artists. If I were to list them off here, it would take me an hour and this would wind up being a very long post. Pretty much any artist I reblog or post about here is a favorite artist.
Food: Anything that doesn’t make me sick. I love spicy food and different world cuisines. The one thing that always makes me smile when I eat it is the yellowtail nigiri at a sushi place where I live. It is literal perfection. 
Movie: I’m a bit of a loyalist when it comes to directors, so pretty much anything by Quentin Tarantino or John Waters. I’m fond of a lot of Tim Burton’s efforts as well because my little mallgoth heart gets sentimental. I like a lot of older movies from the 40s and 50s as well; crime dramas, film noir, etc. If I had to choose a “favorite” movie, it would be Elia Kazan’s A Face in the Crowd - it’s a movie everybody should watch at least once. 
Show: I don’t watch TV.
Instrument to play: My synth. I also have an old Yamaha that’s fun to bang around on, a drum machine, and a digital sampler. I’m saving up for a mixer, too. I used to play bass but I kind of suck at it.
Social media platform: Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and that’s about it.
Animals: I’m fond of cats, big or small.
Color: Black, red, gold, silver, and deep burgundy, plum, and wine shades. That’s pretty much all I ever wear. The most colorful thing I’ll put on is band shirts with brighter colors in the design. I like bright colors out in nature, just not on my body.
Books: I don’t really read books anymore, but when I did I was fond of historical non-fiction books. My favorite novel is Memoirs of a Geisha.
Hobby: Writing music, blogging, buying makeup I don’t need, buying clothes I never wear, eating, avoiding sunlight.
School Subject: So far my favorite class as a grad student has been Criminology. It dealt with the theoretical side of crime and trying to figure out why crime happens, and I’m big on theorizing. 
Flower: From an aesthetic point of view: roses, tulips, and orchids. For their smell: Honeysuckle, jasmine, and baby’s breath. 
Fictional characters: Daria, just because she was my cartoon role model as a kid. I think I grew up into a slightly more artsy version of Daria and I’m friends with a lot of Jane Lane types.

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Cookie dough alert

I am proud to say that I actually did a pretty good job of behaving myself while making these, but I couldn’t resist a few tiny spoonfuls of the dough as I portioned these cookies on to the baking sheets. If you’re as much a fan of the dough as you are of the cookies, beware. This dough is dangerously good.

These cookies are bliss. The edges are crisp and the centers are chewy. The toffee melts and then gets crunchy. They bake fairly thin, so they would be perfect candidates for making into ice cream sandwiches. (Note to self, try these again this summer.)

I found this recipe the other day while perusing The Oregonian’s FOODday. Makes about 20 cookies.

Small batch Heath Bar cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 finely chopped Heath Bar cookies
  • ½ cup toasted pecans (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix to incorporate. Add the dry ingredients and mix. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the chopped Heath Bar cookies and the optional pecans.

Drop cookies on a parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheet, keeping them at least 2-inches apart (they spread). Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. After a couple of minutes transfer to a cooling rack.

My lunch today – a healthy rice bowl

This past birthday weekend was all about over-indulgence. With friends, we enjoyed amazing food and good wine for three days. (Yeah, I know. Boo hoo.)

Now it’s Monday and it’s time to resume some normalcy of a healthier lifestyle. The lunch I made myself today was rich in fiber and vitamins and it totally hit the spot. Everything I needed was either already stored as a leftover in the refrigerator or was within easy reach in my pantry. Delicious!

This rice bowl contains:

  • 1/3 cup rice mix that I cooked in vegetable broth. I buy the combination of brown rice, red rice, wild rice and wheat berries in bulk at my favorite grocery store. For a gluten-free version you could get something similar without the wheat berries.
  • Shaved carrots
  • Low-sodium black beans that I drained and rinsed
  • Avocado slices
  • Homemade ranch dressing made with Greek yogurt
  • Finally, a sprinkle of black sesame seeds and a few cilantro leaves

Tomorrow I will show you the Heath Bar cookies I made over the weekend. Thank goodness most of them are gone!